The Juanita and Ralph Harvey Art Gallery pays homage to Dia de los Muertos with an exhibit by Amy Cordova and Dan Enger.
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The Mustangs winning streak continues against the Greyhounds in a 57-34 win.
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Kay Dillard spurs building projects CHRIS COLLINS EDITOR IN CHIEF Kay Dillard, a prominent donor who has given millions of dollars to the university, has issued a challenge to MSU administrators. She said she’ll give $2.5 million to pay off half the remaining balance the university owes on the Dillard College of Business Administration – but only if MSU can find a matching donation. Dr. Howard Farrell, vice president of university advancement and public affairs, said administrators have already raised about $1 million to put toward the project. This type of donation “deal” is becoming more commonplace in higher education, he said.
“You’re finding a lot of donors these days who are saying, ‘I’ll give you x amount of money if you can come up with x amount of money,’” Farrell said. “That’s pretty standard.” He said it’s part of an effort on the part of donors to force administrators into more active fundraising. With this type of agreement, the university can’t just sit back on its haunches while private donors inundate it with funds. Farrell said the $2.5 million will be raised with “new” donations, meaning it won’t come from donated money the university already has in its reserves. The university has already raised $951,000 from three private donors. Farrell said he anticipated being able to raise the other $1.5 million in three or four months. Currently the university is using
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HEAF (Higher Education Assistance Funds) to make payments on the Dillard building debt. HEAF can only be used for specific projects, such as constructing an academic building. Once the building is paid off, HEAF can be distributed elsewhere on campus, said President Dr. Jesse Rogers. The state gives MSU about $4 million in HEAF every year. Rogers’ plan: to leverage the $4 million in HEAF and borrow against it. “So if we can pay off that building with private money, we can generate somewhere between $12 and $15 million,” Rogers said. “We can spend this money on campus projects.” He said he has plans for that money already. Some of his ideas are tearing down old buildings on the northwest corner of campus, building a new po-
lice station and adding classrooms to Ferguson Hall. The Bolin and McCoy buildings could use a facelift as well, he said. Rogers said one of the university’s top priorities is to renovate the buildings which formerly made up Christ Academy. The structure MSU acquired in 2010 is located on the southwest corner of campus and offers almost 30,000 square feet of space. “Those buildings are made very well,” Rogers said. “We just need to go in there and put a new roof on them and redesign the interior.” Other projects, such as building a new $40 million library, will have to wait until something changes with the economy. “I can’t see us getting to that until the economy improves pretty dramati-
cally,” he said. Some of the homes the university owns across Hampstead will also be torn down to make room for a new parking lot, Rogers said. Two of the homes will probably be kept. “They’re not really worth re-doing,” he said. “We’re going to need commuter parking space more than we need those homes. We could put money into them and lease them, but the fact is that we need the land more.” All these projects, however, will be put on the back burner until Dillard is paid off. Farrell said he is optimistic about the situation. Although small donations to the MSU Annual Fund have dropped since the 2009-10 academic year by $48,678, big-dollar donations have not faltered. Hannah Hofmann
CHRIS COLLINS EDITOR IN CHIEF ELASCHA DAVILA-HICKS FOR THE WICHITAN Pierce Hall residents were placed on lockdown Oct. 24 after some residents were caught sneaking girls into the dorm after hours. They were captured on videotape propping doors open so that the females could bypass the curfew rule. As punishment, housing administrators banned all residents from having guests or visiting Killingsworth and McCullough Halls for two days. The lockdown ended after residents fessed up to the violation. Wayne Schields, housing and residence life assistant director, initiated the lockdown after being told by an RA that girls were being snuck in by residents. He posted a flyer in the dorm informing residents that they were currently banned from having visitors, among other restrictions. In situations like this, Schields said he always waits for the offenders to talk to him after being caught breaking the rules. “When they come and talk to me the lockdown ends,” he said. “I want them to man up. I’ll trust their word if they say they won’t do it again.” If he catches someone in the act of sneaking people into the dorm, Schields talks to both the resident and the visitor. “I tell the girls, ‘Don’t be known as the girl snaking out of the back door at 6 a.m.,’” Schields said. A lockdown usually lasts a maximum of three days. Pierce is right on schedule, too – there’s usually at least one lockdown every year. Some Pierce and Killngsworth residents were upset about the punitive measures, they said. Courtney Evans, a resident in Killngsworth, dates a resident of Pierce Hall. She complained that the lockdown kept her from seeing her boyfriend as often as she would have liked to. “I think the rule of a curfew is fine, but I think how it affects others who didn’t do it isn’t fair,” Evans said. “I get how they are trying to enforce the rules and keep things as safe as possible, but come on.” “It’s a joke!” said a Pierce resident, who wished to remain anonymous. “This is college. What do they expect? And why does it matter if we have girls over? There shouldn’t be a curfew anyway.” Schields said another reason he has zero tolerance for trespassing in the dorm is because he lives there with his family. Someone walking in off the street could put his family at risk. “We are trying to keep everyone safe, build a community and set standards,” he said.
Zombie crawlers help 5K runners stay motivated through the streets of downtown Wichita Falls
BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR
The Wichita Falls Zombie Crawl and 5K Run was a bloodthirsty success, raising $7,450 over the weekend. More than 1,200 people, from the MSU and Wichita Falls communities, were in attendance. Six hundred undead crawlers chased 371 runners in a 5K run down a city street route, which started at the Farmers Market at Eighth Street.
“We were very surprised by the participation,” said Crystal Adler, executive assistant for Downtown Wichita Falls Development. “We had a huge crowd before the event even opened.” This Halloween event is one of the many ways Wichita Falls Downtown Proud, whose mission is to create awareness of downtown Wichita Falls, has tried to encourage students and the community to experience the urban atmosphere. “Some people don’t even realize we have a downtown,” Adler said. “(Downtown Proud) strives to promote revitalization of our down-
town through economic growth.” Adler said events like the Zombie Crawl are an effective way to get people downtown and to notice what businesses offer in the area. $250 of the proceeds was donated to the MSU Rugby team, who Adler felt needed the donations after being affected by budget cuts. “The Zombie Crawl was awesome,” said senior Jason Fisher, who was a zombie at the run. “There were great costumes, lots of people, dancing and James Cook played. I’d never been to something like that.”
November 2, 2011
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This is about ethics A state auditor’s report released last week stated that MSU administrators had acted legally in spending $84,345 to lavishly decorate the Harvey House, a mansion in the Country Club area of Wichita Falls. The off-campus mansion, donated to the university by a wealthy family in 2009, has since been sold for $960,000. “Based on our review, we see no evidence, at this time, to support the elements of a criminal offense,” Pamela Munn of the State Auditor’s Office wrote Oct. 27. Well, duh! For the most part, the people who drew issue with the spending never charged President Dr. Jesse Rogers and others with doing anything criminal by throwing fistfuls of cash at the project. Dr. Rogers’ critics just didn’t think it was right. The debacle over the Harvey House began in October 2010 when The Wichitan raised questions about the ridiculous amount of money being poured into the property. For example, $4,450 was spent on reweaving a rug, $3,300 for two lamps, $36,000 for a dining room table and chairs. At that time, university officials said talks were in progress to transform the home into the new residence of Rogers and his wife, Karen. The couple currently
resides in the Sikes House off Midwestern and Taft. But as public outrage intensified, administrators switched into damage control mode. First, they argued that the mansion could be used for parties to woo donations from the pockets of ultra-rich community members. Only after more public outcry did MSU put the mansion up for sale. Administrators then acted as if that had been the plan all along. The furnishings, they argued, were purchased to make the home more appealing to potential buyers. Ironically, the buyer of the house didn’t want most of the stuff administrators had crammed into it. Now, big-ticket items like the $36,000 dining table and chairs are parked in the Wichita Falls Museum of Art. A French cupboard and settee and two matching chairs valued at approximately $15,000 are in the President’s house. Somewhere in all this, five citizen complaints reached the State Auditor’s Office in Austin. No one knows what the complainants had hoped would result from speaking to the agency, but chances are it wasn’t this. Administrators of a public institution are charged with making the best possible decisions for their constituents – the students, faculty and staff. It’s important
to note the difference between making the best decision and the most legal one. Some people may call that splitting hairs. But doing what’s right and doing what’s legal are sometimes worlds apart. Costs associated with the mansion were funded by private donations and the MSU Foundation. Even the most begrudging critic of the Harvey House fiasco has to admit that it was legally sound. But donations that aren’t earmarked – meaning they could be spent on anything – made up the lion’s share of funding for the project. That means this money could have been spent on something else. Anything else. If administrators had polled students, faculty and staff about the best way to spend $84,345, how many would have answered, “I think the money should be spent on an extravagant mansion in which I’ll never set foot in.”? Some administrators are probably patting themselves on the backs right now for pulling a fast one on the people who pay – at least in part – their salaries. But the three-paragraph auditor’s report is as true as it is meaningless. It proved nothing and answered even less. To those who read the report with disappointment, buck up. If no one had spoken out, MSU might be in the hole way more than it is now.
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To have and to hold...for 72 days. The fit-for-television romance of Kim Kardashian and Kris Hump-what’s-his-name, has ended. Although the marriage was destined to end, I was surprised at how soon it did. Everyone, from her sisters to the lady at the local pharmacy counter knew this would not be a very long marriage. It was obvious from Keeping Up with the Kardashians that Hump-what’s-his-name was not a very good fit for the family. First, Hump-what’s-his-name is not made for television. His sense of humor is dry, he tells corny jokes, and instead of being funny, he’s a little mean at times. Second, Hump-what’s-his-name was never inducted into the Kardashian Klan. In order to be accepted, one must put up with Khloe’s antics. She’s not being mean, she’s making sure you can accept and handle the Kardashian lifestyle. Episodes from their reality show proved Humpy couldn’t handle the wrath of Khloe. Third, his name should have been a good enough reason to not marry him. Kardashian is not just a last name, it’s a brand. From shoes and clothes to cologne, Kardashian is internationally known. Also, who marries a woman who has the same first name as his mother? Kim Kardashian is a hardworking, driven, and beautiful woman who is working hard to move past her sex tape days. As a loyal fan of Kim, I feel it’s only fitting I give her advice during her hardship: Dear Kim, Although this is a very difficult time in your life, don’t take the time to mourn. Instead, begin thinking about how this can be turned into a new E! spin-off reality show. It will make your fans happy to see how you’re handling this situation and it will bring in a lot of money for you and for the E! network. If you are still looking for love, look for someone who has a more famous last name than you. Kennedy, Pitt, or Schwarzenegger should do the trick. If you’re having a hard time finding the perfect guy, let your family hook you up with a blind date. After all, if they don’t approve, there is no chance he will be admitted into the Kardashian Klan anyway! Hope this helps! Love, Anastasia Reed XOXO
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MSU gay-straight alliance resurfaces CAMPUS BRIEFS ICIS MORTON FOR THE WICHITAN The Gay-Straight Alliance has been silent at MSU for the past two years, but is back with a slight adjustment to the organization’s name. Now called the P.R.O.U.D (Protecting the Right of Others, Unity and Diversity) Gay-Straight Alliance, the organization is made up of straight, bisexual, gay, lesbians and transgender individuals. “The members are people who
are willing to stand up and fight for equality and peace towards each and every individual no matter what his or her sexual orientation is,” said Abigail Scott, president of P.R.O.U.D. Scott said the group was inactive for a few years before she and others decided to revive the organization. “The organization exists to protect anyone of the LGBT community including MSU, their friends and loved ones,” Scott said. Scott plans to dispel misconceptions about the community, such as the idea that all homosexuals are
“hyper-sexual.” “The idea that if a straight man is found around a gay man, that gay man will automatically want to hit on him because he is a male,” Scott said. “Of course that is not true.” Scott is prepared for any backlash the student organization might receive from the community. “This organization is not going to affect Christianity in any way other than to perhaps make some more judgmental Christians more tolerant,” Scott said. “People will oppose our group but those same people can perhaps be enlightened through the work that the group
be added to the annual deficit and the federal debt. “The Perry plan would reduce federal tax revenues dramatically,” said the Tax Policy Research Center. The analysis is the first independent look at the plan from the Texas governor, one of several flat tax and tax overhaul proposals being offered by candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Notably, Perry’s plan would offer greater tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans than the “9-9-9” plan of rival Herman Cain. But Perry’s blueprint also would give everyone a cut, while Cain’s initial plan would raise taxes on everyone making less than $200,000. The impact of Perry’s overall proposal, according to the center: Those making less than $10,000 would get an average annual tax cut of $28;
Between $10,000 and $20,000, an average tax cut of $97; Between $20,000 and $30,000, an average tax cut of $209; Between $30,000 and $40,000, an average tax cut of $460; Between $40,000 and $50,000, an average tax cut of $789; Between $50,000 and $75,000, an average tax cut of $1,773; Between $75,000 and $100,000, an average tax cut of $3,324; Between $100,000 and $200,000, an average tax cut of $7,254; Between $200,000 and $500,000, an average tax cut of $28,504 Between $500,000 and $1 million, an average tax cut of $97,967; More than $1 million, an average tax cut of $637,418. Perry proposes two systems. In one, anyone would have the right to use the current tax system, which presumably guards against
does.” There are homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual and transgender Christians across the globe, just as there are people of different sexual orientation in any religion, Scott said. P.R.O.U.D. will make a public statement of advocacy at Word AIDS day, Dec. 1st. With 20 members already on board, the organization uses Orgsync to communicate with current and prospective students interested in joining the group.
Perry’s tax plan would aid the wealthy STEVEN THOMMA MCT Rick Perry’s proposed optional flat tax would be a windfall for wealthier Americans, giving millionaires an average tax cut of $637,418, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Research Center released Monday. While the tax cuts would be greatest at the top of the income scale, Perry’s proposal would give all taxpayers at least some tax cut, according to the analysis. Those making less than $10,000, for example, would get an average tax cut of $28. The largesse comes with a cost, however. The center estimates the Perry plan would mean $995 billion less for the federal government in 2015 — a shortfall that could well
Cain-like tax increases. In the second, Perry would allow people to pay 20 percent of all their income AFTER they deduct $12,500 per person, charitable contributions and state and local taxes. He’d phase out the deductions for incomes above $500,000. But he’d also add in other tax cuts for wealthier households by eliminating taxes on long-term capital gains and some dividends, and repealing the federal estate tax levied on the richest families in the country. Based on data supplied by Perry’s campaign and its own analysis by John Dunham Associates, the Tax Policy Research Center concluded that Perry’s plan would let the Bush tax cuts expire as scheduled at the end of 2012, in favor of the new system.
Dia de los Muertos Clark Student Center.
Thursday Foreign Film Series: Run Lola Run 7 p.m. The Kemp Center for the Arts. Speakers and Issues: An Evening of Music. 7 p.m. Museum of Art at MSU. Free admission. Step show: Bridging the Gap Fundraiser 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. CSC Comanche.
Friday Santa’s Express Train Show. From Nov. 4 to Jan. 14. Thursdays and Fridays 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturdays 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. $4 for adults and children 6 and up. Ages 5 and under free.
Artist Lecture Series: Brave Combo. 7 p.m. Akin Auditorium. $20 to general public. $18 for senior citizens, active-duty military, and MSU alumni. Free to MSU students with ID. Two free tickets to staff/faculty. Tickets are available at the Information Desk at Clark Student Center.
November 2, 2011
Harassment charges rock Cain campaign MARK BARABAK
MCT Herman Cain was already struggling with the leap from campaign novelty to serious presidential contender when he was hit with sexual harassment charges. The contradictory statements he made in his defense seem likely to fan rather than quell the controversy. Heightening their import, the yearsold harassment charges — first reported Sunday by the Politico website — surfaced as the presidential race enters a crucial two-month stretch ahead of the first balloting on Jan. 3. Politico reported that two female employees of the National Restaurant Association accused the Republican candidate of improper conduct during his tenure as the organization’s chief from late 1996 to 1999. The women, who were not identified, signed agreements with the association that included financial payouts and barred them from discussing their departures, Politico said. Cain on Monday called the allegations a “witch hunt” and said that “in all my over 40 years of business experience … I have never sexually harassed anyone.” But in a series of interviews over a period of hours, Cain offered several different accounts of what happened and what he knew. On Fox News Channel Monday morning, Cain said that if the association had arrived at a settlement with anyone, he did not know about it. “I hope it wasn’t for much,” Cain said. Later, at an appearance at the National Press Club, Cain again denied the harassment charges and said he did not know whether the matter was settled, or how much it might have cost. When he was accused — “falsely accused, I might add” — Cain said he stood aside and allowed the trade group’s attorney and human resources officer to deal with the matter. Yet Politico reported that the head of the association’s human resources department said she was unfamiliar
MCT with any complaints regarding Cain. In a second appearance on the Fox network, Cain spoke knowledgeably about a settlement with one woman, saying it may have been for two or three months’ salary. “I do remember my general counsel saying we didn’t pay all of the money they demanded,” Cain said. Cain muddled things further in a PBS interview when asked whether he had ever behaved inappropriately. “In my opinion, no,” he said. “But as you would imagine, it’s in the eye of the person who thinks that maybe I crossed the line.” Many conservative activists were quick Monday to rally behind Cain. Brent Bozell, a frequent media critic, called the allegations a “high-tech lynching,” summoning the language Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas used when accused of harassment at his explosive 1991 confirmation hearings. “This will play to his advantage with the grass-roots,” predicted K.B. Forbes, a GOP strategist who has
worked for previous insurgent candidates. “One of their favorite lines is, ‘It’s the liberal media.’” But for insiders — donors, Republican strategists, and others among the political establishment — the episode could raise further doubts about Cain as well as concerns about the wherewithal of his seat-of-its-pants campaign operation. According to Politico, campaign operatives knew the article was coming for 10 days. And yet in its initial statement — which was widely circulated — the campaign did not deny the harassment allegations. That was left, many hours later, to Cain. In further testament to his new prominence, Cain faced allegations Monday that supporters may have violated state and federal laws in setting up his candidacy. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that two of his highest-ranking staff members used a nonprofit group to pay for tens of thousands of dollars in expenses, including travel and chartered flights. Cain said Monday he was unaware of
the matter, but would investigate. Those campaign-finance charges, however, were overshadowed by the more sensational allegations of personal impropriety. The controversy came at an especially difficult time for Cain, who was visiting Washington this week for a series of meetings and appearances intended to allay doubts about his underdog candidacy. An afterthought for most of the campaign, Cain began surging after an upset victory in a Florida straw poll in late September. The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and one-time member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has come under greater scrutiny since then, not always to his advantage. He revised his trademark 9-9-9 tax plan after economists said it would force many Americans to pay more. He delivered contradictory statements on abortion, bargaining with terrorists and installation of an electrified fence on the U.S.-Mexico border. Still, Cain has remained at or near the top of several Republican prefer-
ence polls. A recent Des Moines Register survey showed him essentially tied for first in the state with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Cain’s opponents chose to ignore the storm surrounding his candidacy on Monday, consistent with a strategy of making nice with their upstart rival. Even before the allegations surfaced, advisers to some of the candidates were convinced Cain would soon fall away, a victim of his weak campaign operation and lack of depth on various issues. “Cain has demonstrated how far a talented motivational speaker can go in the Republican primary process with a few catchy proposals and debate performances,” said Steve Schmidt, who managed John McCain’s 2008 presidential effort. “But as people get ready to begin the voting process, it is increasingly clear that he’s making this up as he goes along and there’s not a lot of substance there.” As recently as two weeks ago, Cain’s staff numbered just 35, a farflung band of political novices, public relations operatives and volunteers who seemed overwhelmed by the sudden crush of media attention. Virtually none has experience running a presidential campaign. Still, one of Cain’s greatest assets, a quick and clever sense of humor, was obviously intact on Monday. Asked by his National Press Club host if he would end his appearance with a song, Cain readily complied. He sang a verse of his favorite gospel hymn: “He Looked Beyond My Faults.”
MSU online courses gaining popularity RACHEL HELMS FOR THE WICHITAN Online courses taken by students looking to obtain a bachelor’s or master’s degree from Midwestern have grown by 2,789 students since they started 13 years ago. “As of Spring 2011, 171 students were taking purely online courses,” James Morris, WebCT technician said. “This number has grown every year.” When online courses starting in 1998, six students took advantage of the different style of class. As times have changed, the popularity of taking classes on the web has expanded to 2,795 total in 2010. In the Fall 2011 semester, 174 different online courses are offered to students ranging from financial accounting to special education law. Among the popular courses, 21 nursing classes are offered along with 20 radiologic science courses and 11 criminal justice courses. From 1998 to 2010, popular courses have stayed in the fields of nursing and radiologic science. In these 12 years, 1,409 students were enrolled in the various 19 nursing courses and 708 students were enrolled in the different 17 radiologic science courses offered. Radiologic science courses were the first classes to be offered online at MSU, said Dr. Pamela Morgan, associate vice president of outreach and engagement. “They were already doing some distance education through other means,” Morgan said. A main advantage of online courses to many students is the convince. They never have to step into a classroom.
Degrees can also be contained online, making these courses much more friendly to students. MSU offers many bachelor’s degrees online in radiologic science, respiratory care and nursing. Some students are drawn to solely online courses. Other mix them with traditional classroom courses. In 2004, MSU began tracking the type of student, fully online or blended, enrolled in online courses, said Julie Gaynor, director of public information and marketing. In 2010, 13.6 percent of MSU students were taking courses on the Internet and in the class while 12.3 percent were enrolled in online courses only. It is how they are comfortable learning, Morgan said. “I like how I can sit in my room and take my quizzes and tests online,” sophomore Cassi Cox said of her online economics lass. “It is very easy to manage and makes learning a lot more interesting.” Self discipline plays an important role for a student in online courses. It requires a student to sit down and pay attention to the work that is put in front of them on their computer screen, Cox said. “It isn’t very hard to find the time to sit and do the work, but the student has to be willing to log off of Facebook for a set period of time and focus on what is really important,” she said. ‘After all, it is still school and grades are still going to be given, even if the class was just online.” In College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Bachelor of Applied Arts of Sciences online degree is popular. It is currently part of the Grad TX initiative to help adults return to college and complete their bachelor’s degree,
Morgan said. Applied arts and sciences courses have been offered since 1998 and have had 116 people take part in them. Master’s degrees can also be obtained online through MSU. They include training and development, nursing, health administration, public administration and radiologic sciences. The Post-Master’s Certification Program for Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator can also be completed online. “Many students would not be able to finish or pursue a degree without the opportunities provided by online programs and classes,” said Morgan. Online courses work for one reason: the faculty that is in charge of them, said Morgan. The faculty teaching online courses meet the same criteria as a classroom professor and come mostly from MSU’s full-time faculty. There are a few teachers who are active in online courses only and are adjunct professors, Morris said. “They have worked hard since we began the Internet effort to develop and provide online opportuni-
ties to students,” Morgan stated. The academic colleges on campus make the decision to put classes online or to use a traditional in-classroom setting. All classes offered online meet the same requirements as classes on campus. Teachers lecturing in a normal classroom setting have the option of using supplemental instruction on WebCT, the online program used for online classes, said Morris. This gives a student an idea of how an online course might work if they have not taken one before. According to the Distance Educa-
tion’s website, the university has the right to limit enrollment to students with a definite need for distance education. “Families, jobs, and geographical limitations all play a role in the need to offer more online courses to our students,” Morgan said. Information can be found on the campus website under the Distance education Department. “I would definitely recommend online courses to a student,” Cox said. “They are an interesting alternative to sitting in class for a period of time to get credit for courses.”
November 2, 2011
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Roger Hinesh spoke to students Thursday during Alcohol Awareness Week with the presentation, â€œFrom Addiction to Redemption.â€? The Counseling Center, Housing and Residence Life, Student Development and Orientation and University Wellness gave various programs to give students a better understanding on how alcohol can affect their lives.
Kristina Davidson The Office of Student Development and Orientation, along with the Wichita Falls Country Public Health District, administered free HIV/Aids screenings Tuesday. Students can pick up results on Tuesday or Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the CSC Apache Room.
Damian Atamenwan Cammie Dean and a volunteer help make decorations for the annual Dia de los Muertos event in Clark Student Center.
Students at the African Mosaic performance illustrate the different clothing sensibilities of African descendants.
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Kim and Kris end their summer bliss C.J. MCT Only 72 days after a ridiculous $10 million wedding, the Kris HumphriesKim Kardashian union looks like a Grimm Fairy Tale, indeed, with her filing for divorce Monday. That’s $138,000 for each day, according to calculations by TMZ.com, which has been on top of the confirmed breakup story and had the divorce papers: “We’re told even though the marriage was short, she is not seeking an annulment. It’s a garden variety divorce in which Kim cites ‘irreconcilable differences.’
We’re told Kris was passionate about eventually settling down in Minnesota, where he’s from, and believed Kim was on board. She wasn’t.” Anybody who caught episodes of E!’s “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” or “Kim’s Fairytale (Marriage): A Kardashian Event” could see Kim only had disdain for Minnesota. “I definitely was raised in a different world than, like, Yee Haw Minnesota.” Kim famously remarked to Kris during the marriage event show. There is no city with that name in Minnesota. Kim’s dig was designed to say she considered his home state the sticks, although she affectionately called Min-
neapolis “Minny” in some TV interviews. When I left the office late Friday, my information was that the reality TV star and her NBA husband were working through their newlywed issues (plastered all over the web and gossip mags) that had both of them questioning what they did on Aug. 20. I was told that Humphries’ Minnesota values had him determined to work through their differences. He wanted to follow in the tradition of his parents, Debra and William Humphries, and work on staying together, as most mature, long-married people know — marriage is a marathon, not a sprint. Of course, waiting at home for me was Friday night’s episode of TMZ featuring “Kris and Kim Kaput?” video of what was interpreted as a fight between the newlyweds. Video of them leaving a Los Angeles restaurant together and getting into separate cars. Before they parted for the night, Kris got into Kim’s car, endured a death stare from her and a tepid kiss. So they are fighting, I thought? There was so much to fight over! Kim went off on a business trip to Dubai with her mom, leaving Kris, who was apparently not invited, even though he’s not doing anything right now with the NBA lockout. She spends money like it’s going out of style; he knows there will be a rainy day. She doesn’t like his dogs sleeping on her expensive duvet, even though she had multiple bedding linens and
a person who takes them to the cleaners. Kim was for changing her name to Humphries — which delighted Kris no end — before she was against it for business reasons. Big-time Minnesota mother-in-law problems were brewing, after some snide, elitist remarks Kim made a about items around Kris’ house that were reportedly gifts from his grandparents. But apparently the biggest sticking point in the union was where they would live ... eventually. He has homes in Minnesota, on the East Coast and in South Beach; she has a residence in Los Angeles. But Kim cannot by dynamited out
of her dysfunctional family, located in California. The important thing is that Kim did everything possible to make the marriage work. Ha! Never the brightest light in the Halloween display. Kardashian spent all her time planning a wedding (that probably didn’t cost her anything) and apparently no time discussing the logistics of the actual marriage. Anyone paying any attention could tell this was never going to work, but I thought it was going to last more than 72 days.
Wale strives for Ambition Joseph Chretien FOR THE WICHITAN Ambition has played a big roll in Wale Folarin’s career thus far. His ambition to stretch boundaries lead him to rap over popular dance tracks by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. and recruit members of the Seinfeld cast for his aptly titled “Mixtape About Nothing” which won him a “mixtape of the year” award in 2008. On “Ambitious Girl” his ode to hardworking women Wale paraded his poetic skill and showed appreciation to the women whose strides are overlooked & otherwise down played in his genre. Now, after his critically acclaimed yet under-shipped debut album 2009’s “Attention Deficit” didn’t reach the commercial success he’d wished for, Wale takes a new direction with his sophomore album “Ambition.” The result is a collection of radio-ready songs in a less cohesive format, along with more tracks that command immediate response from his audience than those that will require listeners to sit and comb over lyrics in order to decipher. Under the new management of the Rick Ross founded “Maybach Music Group” Wale’s ambitions seem to have changed. No more Gucci Mane, or Lady Gaga features to tap into fan bases that otherwise are outside his core. Instead he enlists G.O.O.D. music representative Big Sean and Kid Cudi, R&B crooners Miguel, Ne-Yo, Jeremih and Lloyd, along with his own label mates Rick Ross and Meek Mill. One thing that does remain throughout is Folarin’s Go-Go dance influence thanks to Tone P. of Washington D.C.’s “Best Kept Secret” production team. Ironically and possibly purposely, Wale’s best moments are his most ambitious ones. On
Photo Courtesy songs like “Legendary,” “Ambition,” “No Days Off,” and “Focused,” Wale takes a break from the fly talk and exhibits his and more humbled rhymes. “Legendary,” one of the album’s strongest tracks, moreover produced by the legendary DJ Toomp boasts hypnotic horns, go-go drums and some of Wale’s most potent lyrics. Other standout tracks are the smooth and seductive single “Lotus Flower Bomb” and the boastful club bangers “Slight Work” featuring Big Sean, with extraordinary production by Diplo as well as “Chain Music” which incorporates a clever Rick Ross vocal sample. Though Wale aspires to be the next trend setter in hip-hop overall “Ambition” suffers from a list of filler tracks.
Possibly what Wale should’ve learned from his label mate Rick Ross is that the omission of a few unnecessary tracks can be the difference between a fluent and a disoriented experience. In the video trailer for “Ambition,” Wale asks his audience why he couldn’t aspire to create an album “better than [Jay-Z’s] Reasonable Doubt?” “Ambition” proves that he still has much to strive for before he can truly contend with Jay as a worldwide star, but does stand as an entertaining piece of work. Notable tracks: Double M Genius, Legendary, Lotus Flower Bomb, Chain Music, Slight Work
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November is going to be a hairy month He hopes it doesn’t slow him down but is willing to take the risk. According to Senior Casey Burt, facial hair is the physical thing that separates a boy from a man. “I participate in No-shave November to show what a man should look like outwardly. My beard will never leave my face,” Burt said. As men see “No-shave November” as a way to proclaim their masculinity and show just how rugged they can be, women beg to differ. Senior Lindsey Haygood finds facial hair unattractive and thinks not shaving doesn’t prove a point. “If a guy is participating because he wants to raise awareness about something, great. If he is involved just to see if he is capable of growing a beard, I see it as kind of pathetic,” Haygood said. Junior Malory Ammerman decided that she wasn’t going to shave her armpits for the entire month because her boyfriend was participating in “NoShave November” even though she was highly against a scruffy face. Some men participate in this tradition to come together as a community and see who can grow the best beard, while others use it as a way to raise awareness about certain cancers affecting men worldwide, such as prostate cancer. “No-shave November” originated in Melbourne, Australia in 2003 to try to
KRISTINA DAVIDSON COPY EDITOR All around the nation, men (and some women) on college campuses are choosing a more natural approach when it comes to dealing with body hair. “No-shave November” is a time when the razors are temporarily cast aside and the true beast of a man is revealed. The rules are simple: 1. Shave at the beginning of the month and post a picture. 2. Do not shave in November. 3.If you shave, you are out. 4.Take a picture at the end of the month to show off your setup. Junior Leland Wetzel participates because he likes to test his manliness and let loose for a while. “ I think its fun to see how crazy my beard will get. I also like to cut my beard and just leave a mustache at the end,” Wetzel said. Sophmore Joseph Garza lets his facial hair grow for the simple reason of staying warm in the winter. “I want a permanent sweater for December to keep my face warm and toasty,” Garza said. Sophmore Kole Weldon is a football player at MSU and has stopped shaving his legs and face this month to group up with the guys.
Kristina Davidson raise funds and awareness for men’s health. While women are constantly trying to fight breast cancer, men decided that the cancers affecting them needed attention as well. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is also letting it grow by having a
competition and fundraising while participating in the event. Men can enter the contest for $30 and at the end of the month, pictures will be sent in and the man with the best goods will be crowned. With a new month rushing in, the grizzly in most guys is ready to be re-
leased to take over their formerly cleanshaven faces. Whether they get involved to prove a point or just to have fun and be goofy with the guys, one thing is clear: Hair is going to be everywhere.
Stiller and Murphy shine in Tower Heist ROGER MOORE MCT A comedy about working class stiffs who stick it to the Wall Street type who stole their savings? Talk about ripped from today’s headlines. Talk about being in sync with the national mood. Talk about Eddie Murphy, funny again after all these years. “Tower Heist” is a winning “Robin Hood and his Merry Doormen” comedy about getting even. A cast of comedy specialists deliver
their comic specialties to perfection, delivering double-takes and one liners so well that you don’t notice how clunky the actual caper in this caper comedy is. Ben Stiller is Josh, the ever-efficient building manager in “the priciest real estate in North America,” New York’s swank high-rise condo complex, The Tower. It’s where the richest of the rich live. And Josh has drilled and drilled his staff on anticipating their every need. “We’re all about discretion, here,” Josh lectures the new guy (Michael Pena). No client has to open his or her own
door, no cheating husband ever has to worry he won’t be warned the wife is coming home early. Guys like fund manager Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) are kept in coddled comfort thanks to the labor of many. Josh is the “fixer” who makes The Tower run like a well-oiled machine, and his employees adore him for it. But the feds arrest Shaw for financial wrongdoing, and Josh has to admit to his staff that he invested their retirement money with the swindler. As they take stock of working lives which they have nothing to show for, some think of suicide. Josh, feeling guilty, thinks of revenge — stealing that money back. This Brett Ratner comedy was cast with able role players. Stiller does this good-at-his-job guy well. Casey Affleck is spot-on as Josh’s lazy brother-inACNE TREATMENT law who can’t AcneFree Severe Acne Treatlose his savings or ment ($21.87 at Wal-Mart) his job right now. Gabourey ------------------------------------Sidibe (“PreClean & Clear Continuous cious”) is hilariControl Acne Cleanser ($10.96 ously on the make at Wal-Mart) as a Jamaican maid who lost
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Photo courtesy manding that Josh personally deliver his meals because “I don’t want the help spitting in my coffee.” The one-liners pop and the cast delivers. And in “Tower Heist,” the caper itself becomes secondary when the message hits this close to home. In this economy, we’re all “The Help.”
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MSU rugby secures comeback at UTSA DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR The Midwestern State rugby club won its first cup match after a slow start due to numbers in an extraordinary comeback over UTSA at San Antonio. MSU, who had 12 players compared to UTSA’s 15 on the field, had gaps in its defense. UTSA got on the scoreboard first after a 30-yard penalty kick, and then extended its lead with an unconverted try to put the score at 8-0. The Mustangs fought back despite being outnumbered and came up with a try. Junior Winger Damian Atamenwan converted the extra two points after Freshman Simba Musarurwa had scored MSU’s first try. The visitors were down four
players after Senior Lock Tyler Schmidt got subbed out due to a blood injury. Nevertheless, MSU’s game plan was to keep it close and in control with its bigger forwards. UTSA scored two quick tries to lead 17-7 before MSU got on track with a second try by Musarurwa making the score 17-14. MSU put in a try right before half after a brilliant 60-yard run by Atamenwan to keep the score close at half UTSA 27 to MSU 19. At the start of the second half, MSU was finally at their full capacity as the three MSU players showed up. Having a full backline, MSU was able to penetrate UTSA defense at will. MSU was able to score five tries compared to UTSA’s three in the second half. Scores were made by Flanker Luis Banda, Musar-
urwa, Lock Matt Potysman and Center Zach Henson. Potysman scored a remarkable try by driving through the Roadrunners defense to the endzone. He later pulled Henson to the goal line to extend the Mustangs points. The match was not decided until the last play of the match with time expired as UTSA tried to fend off a MSU attack at the goal line. UTSA efforts failed as a backline move freed Atamenwan just enough to cross the goal line for a 46-43 cup match victory for MSU. A lot of heart went into play by the 12 who had started the game against the 15 of UTSA. The Mustangs will battle Lamar University at the Stephen F. Austin Tournament in Nacogdoches on Nov. 12.
Rod Puentes Simba Musarurwa goes for his second try. The sophomore scored three tries against the Roadrunners.
Midwestern State advances to 8-0 record JOSH HOGGARD FOR THE WICHITAN The Mustangs continued their dominant 2011 season in Blackwater Draw, New Mexico on Saturday afternoon. Midwestern State advanced to 8-0 on the season and 7-0 in Lone Star Conference play, beating the Greyhounds of Eastern New Mexico, 57-34. The Mustangs put up 492 yards of total offense, 339 coming on the ground. That’s eight straight games of over 250 yards of rushing for the Mustangs. The rushing attack was lead by Lester Bush. Even though he only rushed for 37 yards on the day, three of his eight touches were for touchdowns. Keidrick Jackson led in yardage for the Mustangs, putting up 128 yards on the ground and one touchdown. This was Jacksons third 100-yard game of the season. Quarterback Brandon Kelsey rushed nine times for 89 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Jimmy Pipkin saw six touches for 66 yards and a touchdown. Peter Smith had six carries for 24 yards. Altogether, the Mustangs rushed 40 times for six touchdowns and averaged 8.5 yards per carry on the day, and each running back had at least one run of over 13 yards. Even on a rush-heavy day, the Mustangs still found the end zone through the air. File photo Kassie Bruton Kelsey was 12-for-13, with no picks, for two touchdowns QB Brandon Kelsey made a 19-yard run to mark the first touchdown of the third quarter.
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UFC 137, Penn vs. Diaz was a complicated affair. It was originally set for Oct.15 at the Echo Arena Liverpool in Liverpool, England. Due to scheduling issues it was held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Oct. 29. The main event was initially set to be a battle between Nick Diaz and Georges “Rush” StPierre for the Welterweight title. Diaz was pulled from the title fight due of his failure to show up for pre-fight news conferences. Carlos “Natural Born Killer” Condit, originally paired with BJ “The Prodigy” Penn, was given the opportunity to challenge St-Pierre for the title. Diaz vs. Penn was to be the co-main event. St-Pierre however, had to drop off the card due to a knee injury, leaving Penn vs. Diaz the main attraction. The fight was highly entertaining. It was three five-minute rounds of none-stop action. Penn looked the better of the two with his
and 143 yards. Back-up quarterback Jake Glover’s one pass of the game was completed for ten yards. Kelsey found Edgar Theliar in the end zone yet again this week. Theliar led the Mustangs with five catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. MSU’s other receiving touchdown came on a 31-yard completion to Kelvin Swanson, his only catch of the day. Sheldon Galloway caught three passes for 25 yards. David Little had two catches for 15 yards. In addition to his rushing performance, Jimmy Pipkin had a catch for 15 yards. Matt Tanner also had a catch of the day for ten yards. Pat Gardner led the defense with nine tackles. Antwon Dixon had eight and Ty Duncan had seven. The Mustangs’ defense came up with six tackles for loss and a sack. The offense went a perfect six for six in the Red Zone on Saturday, all for touchdowns. The Mustangs stayed perfect in the end zone on the season, going 43 for 43, 40 being touchdowns. The Mustangs have already put up a total of 432 points in this record-breaking season. That’s an average of 54 points a game. They’re on pace to break another record, with several games left in the season. The record for MSU right now for points in a single season is 489, set in 2007. The Mustangs started the scoring on their opening drive, that went for 69 yards and was capped off by a 5-yard touchdown rush by Bush. Eastern New Mexico an-
counter punching and takedown of Diaz in the first round. The second and third rounds however were dominated by Diaz. He attacked relentlessly with high level boxing combos, knees and kicks. At the end of the bout Penn’s face was smashed up and he appeared fatigued. Diaz won by unanimous decision putting him on an 11-fight winning streak. During the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Diaz commended Penn for his toughness and called out StPierre. “I don’t think Georges is hurt. I think he’s scared,” he said. The fight between Diaz and St-Pierre is back on. Condit will be matched up with another opponent. Condit is on a four-fight winning streak, the last three via TKO. He is not too happy with the way things have unfolded.Penn announced his retirement during the postfight interview.
“This is the last time you’ll see me in here. I have a daughter and another on the way. I don’t want to go home looking like this,” he said. BJ “The Prodigy” Penn is a legend in MMA. He was the first non-Brazilian to win the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship at the black-belt level. With an MMA record of 16 -8-2 he has held both Lightweight and Middleweight championship titles. His fans will miss seeing him in the octagon. Mirko Filipovic, commonly known as Mirko Cro Cop, another legend in MMA history retired after the events of UFC 137. Roy “Big Country” Nelson beat him by TKO in 1:30 of the third round. Cro Cop is known for his devastating head kicks in former K-1 and Pride Fighting Championship fights. Immediately preceding the fights on pay-per-view were some on Spike TV. One of which was Tyson Griffin vs. Bart Palaszewski. Griffin
swered though, going 60 yards for a touchdown, but the extra point attempt failed, putting the Mustangs up 7-6. The Mustangs responded with a five-minute, 79-yard drive that ended in a Edgar Theliar 8-yard touchdown pass from Kelsey, but the Greyhounds pounced back on a 1-yard run to make it 14-13. The back-and-forth would continue until, with eight minutes left in the half, it was 21-20 MSU. And it was all MSU until the fourth quarter. The Mustangs scored twice more in the first half, with two more Bush runs, from a yard and two yards out, to put the Mustangs up 35-20 at the half, their third consecutive 35-point half. Kelsey kicked off the scoring in the second half with a 19 yard touchdown run to put the Mustangs up 42-20. And with just under four minutes left in the third quarter, Swanson caught a 31-yard touchdown pass, and Bush ran in the two-point conversion to put the Mustangs up 50-20, entering the fourth quarter. Five seconds in, Eastern New Mexico scored again, only to be answered a minute after by a 41yard Pipkin run for a touchdown. The Greyhounds scored one more time before the day was done, and that’s how it ended. With the win, the Mustangs jumped to their first 8-0 start in school history and to fifth in the rankings, their highest ranking in school history. The Mustangs close out conference play in their last home game of the season Saturday at 2 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. showed up three pounds overweight, which he was fined for. He was knocked out by Palaszewski in 2:45 of the first round. There were four bouts that could be seen on facebook, right before the preliminary card on Spike. Brandon” The Truth” Vera vs. Eliot “ The Fire” Marshall was the last of these. It was also shown on Spike immediately before the main card. Vera won by unanimous decision after surviving a nasty armbar he got caught in 30 seconds before the third round ended. His arm appeared to have popped but he didn’t tap. He rode it out, throwing punches to the end. He suffered some damage to the ligaments in his arm. UFC 137 presented an exciting night of fights. Retirements, arms almost getting ripped off, and a lot of controversy. MMA fans are ready to do it again Nov 5. At UFC 138, Leben vs. Munoz.
November 2, 2011
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Mustangs treat Northeastern to a 3-0 defeat DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR
File photo by Hannah Hofmann Midfielder Dean Lovegrove doubled the Mustangs’ lead with a thunderous 30 yard strike Friday night at Northeastern State.
The Midwestern State soccer team saw a remarkable conference victory with a comfortable shutout over the RiverHawks of Northeastern State University. The hosts were unable to match their opponents in the opening minutes of the game and conceded an early goal from junior forward David Freeland. Freeland was found in the box by forward Chris Dwyer and the latter sent a through pass that resulted in the eighthminute opener. Dwyer had also assisted an early Freeland goal in an earlier fixture against the RiverHawks. The Mustangs’ fondness of early goals was confirmed when midfielder Dean Lovegrove blasted a 14th minute shot to the amazement of NSU. Freeland assisted Lovegrove, whose 30-yard screamer doubled the Mustangs’ lead and left NSU goalkeeper Jordan Ladbrooke speechless. “Scoring early goals changed the game and opened our opponents up,” said Head Soccer Coach Doug Elder. MSU kept creating chances and pos-
ing threats in the RiverHawks’ defense. Senior Casey Hibbs sent a left-footed attept but missed wide off the goal. Freeland also tried to get on the scoreboard for the second time but was denied by Ladbrooke. While the Mustangs’ offense was hungry for more goals, goalkeeper Michael Wood and the backline made sure NSU did not slot in any. The defenders kept the offside trap as usual and Wood stopped incoming shots. MSU dominated the first half in terms of shots, possession, corner kicks and especially goals. The second half went slow for both teams, particularly Northeastern, who had to cope with conceding the winning goal in the 84th minute. “Northeastern exposed themselves for the third goal,” added Elder. Zach Funk delightedly tucked in a rebound after midfielder Nathan Fitzgerald fired a shot that came off the crossbar. “If we win Friday and Sunday, we’re in the playoffs,” Elder said. “We need to take care of business this weekend.” Midwestern will take on Eastern New Mexico Friday at 7 p.m. and West Texas A&M Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Mustangs soccer field.
Mustangs lose to ACU, then beat ENMU in overtime DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR The Midwestern State women’s soccer team experienced a tough loss against the No.2 Abilene Christian Friday night at the Mustangs soccer fields. MSU kept the pressure on the Wildcats by creating multiple chances early in the first half but the hosts failed to convert the opportunities to goals. Megan Barnhart’s shot was blocked in the second minute and freshman Payton Fookes was also denied in the tenth minute. The two footed freshman was consistent in the Mustangs attack as she supplied the forwards with great passes and crosses. The Mustangs had their best opportunity of the period when
Junior Maddie Fraser sent a corner kick for senior Kelsey Hill to head against the woodwork. Sophomore Mickey Brown tried to give the Mustangs the lead with a 25th minute strike but was blocked by ACU Elliott London. Hill attempted another shot which London was quick to react and save. On the other end of the field, goalkeeper Mallory Whitworth led the Mustangs defense. Whitworth saved successive ACU shots from Jacey Ferrara and Andrea Carpenter. Both teams accounted for no goals as they headed into halftime. Then in the 74th minute, Krysta Grimm opened the scoring for the Wildcats with her ninth goal of the season. Hill placed a shot in attempt to notch in an equalizer but her effort was blocked.
The Wildcats doubled their lead in the 82nd minute with the help of Megan Turner who had just got back on the field. Ashley Craig assisted Turner for her third goal of the season. Fraser crossed another corner kick to the box and the 89th minute header went in this time. Freshman Callie Briseno scored her first goal of the season and gave MSU a little hope. But a minute wasn’t enough for the Mustangs to make a comeback. The Mustangs then went ahead to defeat Eastern New Mexico 1-0 Sunday Afternoon. Fraser lobbed a superb pass to forward Lindsay Pritchard, who buried the overtime winner. Midwestern will prepare for the Lone Star Conference tournament which starts Nov. 3 and ends Nov. 6.
Damian Atamenwan Sophomore Forward Mickey Brown goes for a tackle against Abilene State’s Katie Stivers.
Damian Atamenwan Freshman Payton Fookes sends a cross to the Wildcats’ penalty box.
Damian Atamenwan Senior Forward Kelsey Hill (right) recorded a total of 11 shots in both weekend games.